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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Sep 12, 2010 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone else find Watchtower pretty tedious?

The song is one of Dylan's best, he does in less than 3 minuets , what he did in 7 minuets with 'Hard Rain" ( love Weir's version, maybe HIS best Dylan cover ).
Evocative, cryptical, and apocalyptic ; the spareness of Dylan's Harding version, I think suits it best, though I think the Hendrix is outstanding too .
Dylan himself, has said he likes the Hendrix, and thus most post Hendrix versions are guitar solo version . Dave Mason's version should be mentioned in this context . There are 3 problems I have with the Dead's version : 1. It is not very original in concept, others have done it this way. 2. Weirs, "I wanna be Dylan or Howling Wolf" vocals, take away from the meaning of the song.3 . These "as many notes as I can play" solos by Garcia , are not him in his strongest , there is no guitar player I love more than him, but I don't find his solos here all that fascinating .
What is good about their version?:1. The "theme" of the song lends well to the "theme" of 'Morning Dew' . 2. Garcia plays more than Weir sings. 3. It is a relatively less annoying than yet another r, 'Miracle', or 'Last time", and it might mean you won't get another 'T. Stones>NFA .

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Sep 12, 2010 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone else find Watchtower pretty tedious?

Excellent review.

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Poster: advokat Date: Sep 12, 2010 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone else find Watchtower pretty tedious?

Everyone should retire the song - boring and pedestrian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3goJ6YUjE70

Better combo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVAS8mYDB_E&;feature=related



This post was modified by advokat on 2010-09-12 20:48:48